AP Chemistry: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Chemistry. The list is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.
All editions of the following textbooks after the year 2005 are appropriate for use in AP Chemistry. Earlier editions of these texts and other textbooks not listed here (including concise textbooks) may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Chemistry classroom, please consult the Chemistry Teacher CommunityL.
More textbooks than those listed below may be appropriate for the AP Chemistry course. However, schools should make every effort to acquire textbooks no older than 10 years old for use in this course.
Atkins, Peter, Loretta Jones and Leroy Laverman. Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight. W. H. Freeman and Company
Brady, James E., and Fred Senese. Chemistry: Matter and Its Changes. John Wiley & Sons.
Brown, Theodore E., et al. Chemistry: The Central Science. Pearson Education, Inc.
Burdge, Julia. Chemistry. McGraw-Hill.
Chang, Raymond, and Kenneth Goldsby. Chemistry, AP Edition. McGraw-Hill.
Hnatow, John, and Ketan Trivedi. Chemistry In a Flash. Paperless Publishing Inc.
Jespersen, Neil, and Alison Hyslop. Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter. John Wiley & Sons.
Kotz, John C., Paul M. Treichel, John Townsend, and David Treichel. Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity. Cengage Learning.
Masterton, William L., Cecile N. Hurley, and Edward Neth. Chemistry: Principles and Reactions.Cengage Learning.
McMurry, John and Robert C. Fay. Chemistry. Pearson Education, Inc.
Moore, John W., and Conrad L. Stanitski. Chemistry: The Molecular Science.Cengage Learning.
Olmsted, John A. and Gregory M. Williams. Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons.
Oxtoby, David, H. Pat Gillis, and Alan Campion. Principles of Modern Chemistry. Cengage Learning.
Silberberg, Martin. The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change.McGraw-Hill.
Spencer, James N., George M. Bodner, and Lyman H. Rickard. Chemistry: Structure and Dynamics.John Wiley & Sons.
Tro, Nivaldo J. Chemistry: A Molecular Approach. Pearson Education, Inc.
Whitten, Kenneth, W, Raymond Davis, Larry Peck, and George G. Stanley. Chemistry. Cengage Learning.
Zumdahl, Steven, and Susan Zumdahl. Chemistry. Cengage Learning.